It’s hard out there for a writer. While anyone with borderline personality disorder and a fake tan can snag a reality show, we toil for years in obscurity and peanut butter-covered pajamas. Not only that but everyone thinks we’re ugly. Well, that changes today.
In addition to my much-lauded (by my dog) Crush of the Month Blog, I’m introducing a monthly Hot Chicago Writer post.
Because just like Snooki, we didn’t come here to make friends.
Just like that Real World Seattle girl from the 90’s, our hair is excessively curly and we have Lyme disease. (Well, maybe not that last part.)
But certainly, just like Khloe Kardashian, we tower over our hot sisters, but if given the chance we’d strip for Peta, plus we’re funny as sh*t.
The point is, you don’t need a sex tape to hit it big on my blog. Though if you have one, I’ll be happy to review it.
So without further ado,
October’s Hot Writer: Cristina Chopalli
My genre: Everything but country. Wait--this is not a question about music, is it? I’m currently studying fiction but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you creative non-fiction. You were my first love.
My literary influences: Any piece of writing which: is written in 2nd person, uses “lists” to further plot, or which allows me to live vicariously as Bastet: Egyptian cat goddess.
My favorite literary quote: “But you can’t teach writing, people tell me. And I say, ‘who the hell are you, God’s dean of Admissions?’” --Anne Lamott
My favorite book of all time: Season of the Body: Essays by Brenda Miller. Her essay "A Thousand Buddhas" inspired me to write my first essay. Each essay in this book kicks serious emotional ass.
I’m currently reading: Never Let Me Go (For my Novel VS. Memoir class.)
My guilty pleasure book: Beauty’s Punishment (Very guilty.)
I can’t write without: Sleep, sex and coffee.
Worst line I ever wrote: “Kelly isn’t sure who is going to attack Kailash first: the hooker who’ll be tapping on his window with her two dollar press-on nails, or the asshole who’ll probably turn his car around and retaliate for the sloppily tossed orange peels.”
Brief Bio: Cristina Chopalli doesn’t like writing about herself in third person. She will, however, continue since she’s gotten this far. Cristina recently moved from Chicago to San Marcos, Texas to attend Texas State’s MFA in Fiction program. She’s an essayist for India Currents Magazine and randomly blogs on her website. Cristina sends her love to Argo Tea and Iguana Cafe: her favorite writing places in the city. Once a happy Printer’s Row inhabitant, Cristina now lives behind a lumber yard with a robust intercom system: Earl, call on line one. Assistance needed in sheetrock. Attention y’all we’ll be closing in fifteen of them-there minutes.
Think you’re hot*? Know you’re a writer? Email email@example.com, subject line “hot writer blog” to tell Our Town why you should be next month’s pick!
*Here’s a hand mirror, go check if you need to, I can wait.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," is forthcoming from Soft Skull, an imprint of Counterpoint Press. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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